Theo watched me counsel Rosie through doing a chore she felt resistant to. Apparently my chorus of "Honey, I know you don't want to, and I want you to do it anyway" prompted him to a reflective outburst.
"You know what's weird? You tell us to do stuff, and we just obey you. You tell us to do things and it's like we can't stop ourselves, we just do whatever you tell us."
My explanation to him that this is perfectly normal, I'm the mommy and kids listen to their mommies and follow their direction didn't sit well with his nine year old brain.
"No. It's weird."
Okay. Weird, but nice, at least for me.